1-CD-Album Digipak with 40-page booklet, 30 tracks. Playing time approx. 82 mns.
The godfather of cool - Louis Prima!
The greatest hits of lounge rock 'n' roll!
Features the original honkin' sax man, Sam Butera!
'I'm not trying to say that Louis Prima, Keely Smith and Sam Butera had any appeal for 50s teens,' writes Billy Vera in his liner notes. 'They did not, but what they were playing was, in every other sense, rock 'n' roll. Rocking music for the working guys who were past high school and unlikely to attend college.'
Louis Prima came out of New Orleans and his high energy music was, as Billy Vera says, rock 'n' roll in all but name, so Louis Prima well and truly belongs in our acclaimed ROCKS! series. Out of fashion for years, Louis Prima came back with a vengeance as the unseen star of a movie, 'Big Night,' and the godfather of the Nineties Swing craze when rocker David Lee Roth revived his 'Just A Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody' and clubs and young bands played this music for a whole new generation of dancers who dressed in the clothes of an earlier, hipper time. Writer Nick Tosches was the first to rehabilitate Louis Prima: 'He presaged the Rock 'n' Roll of the ridiculous. Louis Prima perceived and embraced in all its tutti-frutti glory, the spirit of post-literate, made-for-television America.'
To that, we can only say Zooma-Zooma!
|Louis Prima - Rocks 1|
|2:||Hey Boy, Hey Girl|
|3:||Pennies From Heaven|
|4:||Jump, Jive, An' Wail|
|5:||When You're Smiling/The Sheik Of Araby|
|7:||The Pump Song|
|8:||I'll Be Glad When You're Dead You Rascal You|
|11:||Five Months, Two Weeks, Two Days|
|12:||Be Mine (Little Baby)|
|14:||Oh, Marie (2)|
|15:||Bourbon Street Blues|
|16:||When The Saints Go Marching In|
|17:||Just A Gigolo / I Ain't Got Nobody|
|18:||Baby Won't You Please Come Home|
|20:||Ten Little Women|
|25:||Put Your Mind At Ease|
|27:||Much Too Young To Loose My Mind|
|28:||Angelina/Zooma Zooma (Medley)|
|29:||The White Cliffs Of Dover|
|30:||Hey Boy, Hey Girl (reprise)|